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Crystal River Manatees

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Manatees have been a part of Florida culture and folklore since before European settlers landed on her shores. In 1492, Christopher Columbus recorded the first known written mention of a manatee in North America, mistaking the gentle giant for a mermaid. This was a common enough mistake for seafarers that the scientific name for manatees […]

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McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary

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Featuring more than 200 exotic and native animals, McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary in West Palm Beach, Florida is an ideal attraction for animal lovers. Unlike most zoos and safari parks, the Sanctuary is unusual as it gives visitors the opportunity to have up-close and personal experiences with many of the animals. Featuring White Tigers, Black Leopards, Scarlet […]

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Bat Houses

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The first bat house was constructed in 1991 after then-Governor Bob Martinez complained of the odor while attending an event at Griffin Stadium which was home to about five-thousand Brazilian and  Mexican free-tailed bats. Using bat excluders which allowed the bats to leave but not return, about three thousand of the colony was slowly captured […]

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